|Address:||2800 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004, USA|
|Working:||8AM–10PM 8AM–10PM 8AM–10PM 8AM–10PM 8AM–10PM 8AM–10PM 8AM–10PM|
Ive tried to accept this place and the newish world order that is Whole Foods, but cant any longer. For people who relied heavily on Harrys Farmers Markets and even limped along after WF bought and retooled the Alpharetta Harrys, this is not an acceptable alternative. If you enjoy cooking a variety of cuisines at home, be prepared to go to multiple stores/specialty shops and/or possibly shop online to achieve what Harrys did in one stop. Thats tough during the work/school week. For our family, the three biggest disappointments are: *The seafood is not as fresh and extensive as it used to be *The meat counter offers a fraction of what it did in the past *They no longer roast their own coffee but are happy to charge more per pound for an inferior product Setting aside the residual discontent from losing Harrys, there are other items contributing to the low rating: *Easily 1/3+ of this store is devoted to pre-prepared foods and health & beauty aids. *For a much as they charge for their produce, its often of poor quality and they are routinely out of the most basic items for home cooks like herbs, fennel and leeks. We stopped wasting our time going to WF for these items as Publix is closer and always has them. *Pay very close attention to the price stickers on your proteins from the meat/seafood counter... *Finally, the check out lines are often a brutal experience, and not because the lines are long. Be forewarned... Theres nothing fast about the express lanes. For people who dont like to cook, dont want to cook or possibly dont have the time/energy to cook, this is your place.
Im writing this today because I think Whole Foods is in heath violations. It really upsets me because I definitely love Whole Foods. Yes, its expensive and I dont buy everything there when I can save on the same stuff at other grocery stores, but with the specialty items they have it going on for the most part. The reason that I think they are violating health codes is that if you go through the area of the store where the pastries are, the cookies are about 3 feet off the ground TOTALLY OPEN. This is NOT the only item like that. The candy suffers the same fate as do other items. I have seen parents who think the rest of the world is supposed to tolerate/love/accept their childs horrible behavior use Whole Foods as a babysitter and have WITNESSED kids, handling the candy with their hands, sneeze on cookies, and eat corners off other pastries while mom/dad made out with their IPhone and didnt see or didnt care. These cases should be CLOSED for everyones health, so folks, please speak up and contact the Department of Agriculture to complain. On to the service. The service is hit or miss, some days good, some days bad. Some employees dont even look at you while they are in the aisles, passing though or stocking. Its rare I dont have to ask for help, I can look as lost as I want and am not approached. Parking is generally a nightmare and I avoid the weekends at this location. I will continue to shop here, but will AVOID ANY self serve items.
Its nice to have a store filled with organic or all natural products. Prices are higher than other store for organic foods but at least you dont have to read every label. The meat section is great and every steak we get here is excellent. We also like the fresh breads. Even though they are not at the European standard its significantly better than anything else around. I was not impressed with the coffee or the cakes. The cakes look wonderful but could use a major overhaul. Too sweet and missing the crisp flavors of a high quality cake with a moist finish. Still for those that care about the quality of their food from non gmo to nitrate free Whole Foods makes it easy. I noticed the latest 2 reviews about parking. It is a problem. The parking is over enforced as many Avalon shoppers park at Whole Foods and take the parking spots. Booting cars is a dirty (and possibly corrupt) business but I think they are trying to tackle a major parking problem of keeping spaces open for customers. I will edit this review since my mom lives in Avalon and i am there often.
Do not park or shop at this Whole Foods. They actively have the parking lot monitored by a car booting service. Even though they share land, road and walkways ways with the a joining Avalon shopping, dining and apartment complex. If you park in their lot and decide to walk over and grab a bite to eat, or shop, and then grab groceries last, your vehicle will be booted and held hostage till you pay a seventy five dollar fee. So youre still screwed if you did spend a couple of hundred of dollars at the store for groceries. There are parking narcs sitting and watching people come and go. BUT, if you happen double park(take up two spaces) they will not boot you. Thats okay. So logic isnt completely required apparently, with the booting Nazis nor the management of Wholefoods. My wife and I will not be returning this store nor the Avalon complex. This was the final nail in the coffin. The complex was already an over priced, poorly designed(insufficient parking available for a such a large development) uppity clientele douchepocalypse.
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As long as I have shopped at Harrys, its getting worse. Produce is not checked for quality on a daily basis: be very careful about half-priced fruits as bacteria can be growing on them. Produce that sits for more than its shelf life may look okay in the packaging but will be bad once you open it. They keep the fruit longer than they should, continually reducing the price. Some packaged drink products that claim to have high nutrient content can actually be dangerous. The prices are too high to really sell the items when fresh, then they reduce the prices when the high-priced items dont sell within the limited shelf-life. The "deli" food is incredulously mixed with canola oil, and other oils that the sauce flavors mixed heavily with spices an herbs mask the over-cooked food (looks like pigslop). Dont know how many trips Ive made to return spoiled food. You can get most of the packaged foods for less somewhere else. What we need in Georgia are stores that honestly sell healthy naturally-tasting food.
This will be placed every where!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dear Friends, be very careful when shopping at Avalon, GA Whole Woods. People are going walking and shopping and at the end they find there cars locked in front of the store. Whole Foods rented this best property in the heart of Avalon Mall and they DO not allow their customers to walk to Avalon while came to shop to Whole Foods. They locked the cars if you park in front of Whole foods and walk a step way from the store despite the fact that you are customer at Whole Foods. Dear Whole Foods owners, please find another place to rent or buy where people dont need to enjoy shopping and walking. I will put my review every where, so nobody make the mistake to park and shop at this place. Your fine will be $75 that you park there shop at the store and walk at the mall.
Worst Wholefoods store in town. Unlike the other stores in the Atlanta area their customer service quality is very poor. The entire store arrangement and features are very unfriendly. It seems that this is a franchise owned by the owners of a lot of gas stations in the US, who are not familiar with the American customer service standards. In addition to that, one day, after having purchased a $27 meal I sat at their restaurant and couldnt help to notice that they dont have any plugs to plug your phone or computer, unlike the Ponce Dr Leon store. which on the other hand is the friendliest of all. I buy organic food all the time,but I am now looking for alternatives in the area. To the franchise owners of this store, please check the other stores here and outside the state: you are the worst.